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David Curtis: The Transformation of the Ages

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By Virgil - Posted on 16 May 2009

David Curtis speaks on the first century context of "this age" and "the age to come." Dave covers the timing issues regarding the coming of the Kingdom, and where we are today in relation to the Parousia, or the presence of Christ (which some call The Second Coming).

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I must have attended a different talk when you were giving this. Didn't understand the subject matter from the title. (I think a brief description of each subject would help in the future.) Fantastic lecture and slides. In some respects, more basic than Matthew 24. For some time now I’ve been of the mind that a proper understanding of the two Ages is fundamental to understanding the Bible. With it, everything falls into place. Without it, nothing does.

And this will actually help your thesis: 1 Corinthians 10:11 should read “in whom the ages have met ….” Richard Hayes in his Moral Vision of the New Testament explains on page 20 (and I quote):

He [Paul] is proclaiming the apocalyptic message that through the cross God has nullified the kosmos of sin and death and brought a new kosmos into being. That is why Paul can describe himself and his readers as those “on whom the ends of the ages have met” (1 Cor. 10:11). The old age is passing away (cf. 1Cor.7:31b), the new age has appeared in Christ, and the church stands at the juncture between them.

In his endnote 14 on page 56 Hayes says NIV’s “fulfillment of the ages has come” is terrible. “End of the ages” is wrong—it’s “ends” and it’s “met” (katenteken)—not “come.” I.e., the old age has bumped into the new age like the ends of two sticks that overlap. The two ages overlapped in the first Christians. Indeed, lexicons define katantao as “to come to a place over against, opposite another.” Other NT usages seem to mean “come to” something or some place.

In sum, 1 Corinthians 10:11 is your “proof text” for the transition of the Ages.

Again: Great work, Dave!

Dale Robinson

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